Year 4, Week 18 (May 17-23)

New week, same holding pattern–we’ve made it to partially open, and now we may be here for a while. That said, given that everyone is anxious about a second wave, I’ll take the holding pattern.

Standard standing reminders apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not an Obamagate–but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk. And, of course, for the things that are within my lane, I’m offering context that shouldn’t be considered legal advice. Okay, I think that’s about it for the disclaimers.  Onward to the news!   

Constitutional Crisis Corner:

When compiling this section, I found myself thinking “This is a quiet week for Disregard of Governing Norms“–and that’s on a week when our sitting President had a meltdown about churches and a fourth inspector general was fired.  I guess it’s all relative by now?  At any rate, here’s what is happening:    

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve Alexandra Petri reading Rousseau and this bewildered bear investigation and an eventual better government.  I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully better) news, and I hope you will be back as well–but in the meantime, feel free to ping the National News Roundup ask box, which is there for your constructive comments.  Send me questions! Send me feedback! Send me ethical chocolate cause I’m almost out!

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